View Full Version : Edith A. Ala Leslie 25 July 1925 ~ 21 August 2014

08-09-14, 23:17
July 25, 1925 ~ August 21, 2014

Edith A. Leslie, 89, of Washougal, Wash., died August 21, 2014.%40

Born in Astoria, Ore., to Henry Gustav Ala and Impi Katariina Ala on July 25, 1925, she attended Knappa, Ore., schools, graduated from Astoria High School, and later attended OSU and U of O, majoring in Spanish literature. She married Don Leslie on December 11, 1943. After Don's graduation, they moved to The Dalles, Ore., then to Washougal, Wash. In 1963, they moved to Corvallis, Ore., and in the late eighties to Keizer, Ore. After Don's retirement, they sold their house, bought a motorhome and traveled before settling in Woodburn, Ore. They made several trips to Norway and Finland to visit relatives. Her final residence was in Washougal where she could be close to her children. She was a constant learner; she spoke Finnish until she started school, then learned Spanish, Italian, French, and Norwegian.

Edith worked as a bookkeeper in Corvallis, Ore., and a baker in Keizer, Ore. She loved to cook, travel, solve puzzles, and visits with her grandchildren. Her nickname of Mimi came from her oldest grandson who thought it easier to say instead of "grandma". From then on, everybody knew her as Mimi and Don as Beamer (we don't know how the grandson came up with this nickname).

She was proud of her Finnish heritage and Don's Norwegian roots. A longtime member of the Finnish-American Historical Society and the Sons of Norway, she was also a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

She is survived by daughters, Claudia (Patrick) Rice, Sara Leslie, sons, David (April) Leslie, Richard (Deborah) Leslie and Steven Leslie, four grandsons and four great-grandsons, sister-in-law, Janet Mackey, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her parents, her brothers, Reuben Ala and Raymond Ala, sister, Gertrude Kallio and twin sister, Ethel Wright.

A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 824 NE Fourth Avenue, in Camas, Wash., on Saturday, September 13th at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Friends of Svensen Pioneer Cemetery which may be deposited at any branch of U.S. Bank (Camas branch is 430 NE Adams, 98607). The annual Ala family reunion is the maintenance and cleanup of this Finnish cemetery. Contributions may also be made to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria Ore., 97103.%40

Please sign her guest book at:%40www.columbian.com/obits.

Published in The Columbian on Sept.%407,%402014

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